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Mars Madness! Planet Closest And Brightest In 15 Years

26 Jul 2018, 18:50 UTC
Mars Madness! Planet Closest And Brightest In 15 Years ESA/MPS for OSIRIS Team, MPS/UPD/LAM/IAA/RSSD/INTA/UPM/DASP/IDA

Saturn normally takes center stage among the planets. But this summer, Mars is grabbing most of the attention. If you haven’t seen it yet, treat yourself. Go out the next clear night and look to the southeast around 10:30-11 p.m. It’s that fiercely brilliant, orange star brighter than every other object in the night sky except the moon and Venus.

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